Oakland Township begins search for new manager

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published November 27, 2018

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — The current Oakland Township manager will retire at the end of March next year.

Township trustees discussed conducting a search for a new manager via a search firm Nov. 20.

“We have a limited time,” Trustee Robin Buxar said. “We should get quotes from a couple of firms and pick one at our December meeting.”

Dale Stuart has served as the township manager since October 2015, managing the day-to-day operations of the township and overseeing the various departments that serve 16,000 Oakland Township residents.

The township is governed by a seven-member elected Board of Trustees, but an appointed township manager runs the day-to-day operations.

Oakland Township Treasurer Jeanne Langlois said she does not believe a presentation from a search firm on the topic of a new township manager is necessary.

“I feel a written proposal is enough,” she said.

“We need to go through a search firm so all elements of privacy will be covered, as a matter of form,” Trustee Frank Ferriolo said.

Stuart replaced Warren Brown, who resigned after six months on the job, stating that he believed he was not a good fit for the township. Brown replaced Ann Capela, whose contract was terminated by township officials less than a year after she took the job.     

Oakland Township was one of the original 25 townships in the territory of Michigan when counties were further divided into townships in 1827. The township is 36 square miles.

Officials said local ordinances and zoning laws are aimed at limiting commercial and industrial development while maintaining a cap on population density by way of a master plan. The township includes a 1,100-acre park system and a large portion of the state’s first rail-to-trail project, the Paint Creek Trail.

The Oakland Township Board of Trustees meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Oakland Township Hall, located at 4393 Collins Road.